Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CIRES Postdoctoral Position on Global Organic Aerosol Modeling using NCAR CESM

CIRES Postdoctoral Position on Global Organic Aerosol Modeling using NCAR CESM

A postdoctoral position is available in the Jimenez Group in CIRES and the Dept. of Chemistry at the University of Colorado-Boulder, collaboratively with Alma Hodzic and Louisa Emmons at the NCAR Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling Laboratory. The successful candidate will investigate the sources, properties, processing, and fate of organic aerosols (OA) using the NCAR Climate Earth System Model (CESM). CESM will then be used to investigate the OA sources and fate under future climate scenarios. The OA mechanism in CESM has been recently updated (as in Hodzic et al. ACP (2016), and additional updates for isoprene chemistry will be implemented (e.g. following  Marais et al. (2016) The OA simulations will be compared to unique data from the NASA ATom project ( acquired by the Jimenez Group as well as other available aircraft and ground datasets. 

Background information about the research groups and previous publications and projects is available at the Jimenez Group (,  Hodzic ( and Emmons ( web pages. Boulder is a great place to live (see, and it also houses the greatest concentration of atmospheric scientists and chemists in the world, thanks to the combined strengths of CU (e.g., and the NCAR ( and NOAA ( National Labs. 

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the expectation of renewal for a second year upon satisfactory performance.  Review of applications will start on 15-Jan-2017, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


A Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, chemistry, physics, environmental engineering, or a related discipline is required. Experience with computer modeling in FORTRAN, in particular for regional or global models is needed. Experience in complex data analysis using for example NCL, IDL, Python, Igor Pro, Matlab is highly desirable. Independence, drive and collaboration are important and will be encouraged in order to develop the candidate’s career.

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Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s), Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below 

Application Materials Instructions: Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 – Cover Letter describing your research interests and date of availability; 2 – CV; 3 – The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; 4 –List of 4 or 5 references who are familiar with your research. 5-2 or 3 first author journal papers in PDF (submitted papers can be included) This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals. 


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017


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